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Everton: Why are Toffees still miles away from Premier League top four? Ashley Williams analysis

Everton: Why are Toffees still miles away from Premier League top four? Ashley Williams analysis

I know where Everton want to be, but they still don’t look like getting there anytime soon.

It is more than five-and-a-half years since Farhad Moshiri bought Everton, in February 2016 when they were 10th in the Premier League.

I joined shortly afterwards and I know exactly how ambitious the club is – the Champions League was the aim.

Since then, they have spent around £500m to try to get there.

and gone through a good few managers as well – Rafa Benitez is Moshiri’s fifth permanent appointment.

Off the pitch, things are progressing and it’s great that a new stadium is on the way.

but they still look absolutely miles away from having a top-four team to play in it.

Snapshot of 10th to 15th in the Premier League: 10th Crystal Palace, 12th Leicester.

13th Southampton, 14th Brentford & 15th Leeds:

Everton have lost three and drawn two of their past five league games. Only Aston Villa, with five defeats.

have picked up fewer points in that time

Sunday’s draw with Tottenham left Everton in 11th place and you have to say mid-table is about right for them. You look at West Ham.

who are third at the moment, and they are clearly a much better team.

When I watch the Hammers, I know exactly what they are going to do.

They are tough to break down, with some really dangerous players on the counter-attack and they have quality in certain areas.

In short, they have a plan. The same goes for every team that is in and around the top of the table, but not Everton.

I don’t watch Benitez’s side and think ‘right if the plan comes off, they will win today’ because I am not even

sure what that plan is.

I also don’t think their squad is good enough, or big enough with as many options as the other teams above them probably do.

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That lack of depth is really holding them back, especially up front.

Every week I look at their bench and their attacking options are so limited.

it’s as if all their best attackers are on the pitch already, and there is no-one to bring on who could do

Something different and change the game:

I also don’t see a style of play which is sound enough to get them in the top six and keep them there for the rest of the season, let alone the Champions League places.

They are not in a mess or playing terribly.

and there is clearly no crisis.

Ronald Koeman (in 2017) and Marco Silva (2019) were both sacked around this time of the season, with the team in the relegation zone.

Things are nowhere near that bad now.

but there is also no reason to think anything is going to change drastically for them in the near futur.

even when their injured players come back.

Everton never looked like they would be able to do that, though.

Spurs were so deep, and Everton were at home:

but they didn’t show any real intent to get at them to try to win the game.

At the same time, they didn’t sit back and try to hit Spurs on the counter-attack. It was a bit of in-between.

and I am not sure what they were trying to do.

Rafa is always known for being a great tactician, I am just not seeing it at the moment.

I expect more from his teams than this when I watch them.

He has a reputation for being a little bit cautious but he usually has a way of hurting the opposition too.

and that was completely missing against Spurs.

Everton seemed to just be hoping Demarai Gray would do something special.

or that Andros Townsend scored one of his wonder goals from 30 yards.

I was watching them wondering are they trying to get it wide to cross it, or playing through the middle?

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